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The man convicted child killer Diane Downs after escaping the prison: “I should have turned her in

Diane Downs (seen here in 1989) escape from the Oregon Women’s Correctional Center on July 11, 1987.
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The man who is convicted child killer Diane Downs after they escaped from prison in 1987, he said, “should have turned her in” to the police.

Wayne Seifer told “20/20” for the upcoming special on the Downs that he was addicted to heroin when the single mother turned up at his door.

Downs was convicted in 1984 of the “prison for life plus 50 years for shooting her three children and killing one” in 1983, ABC News reported. Downs escaped from the Oregon Women’s Correctional Center on July 11, 1987 after scaling the fence, while the guards were not looking.

Downs went to a house where Seifer was living with two friends. He remembered the day that the convicted felon came to him on the sidewalk.

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“So I go down, still a little bleary-eyed, and they [Woe] said: ‘can I continue?’ And I said, ‘Why not?’ and I went back upstairs to sleep,” Seifer told “20/20.”

Seifer said to the woman introduced himself later, not Downs, but “if a girl without clothes on.” He said that the two have a sexual relationship while she resided in the house.

“I was a nervous wreck, you know. I saw a sober minute… My only task was to keep her; keep her from going out and harming anybody. I should have turned her in, but I don’t,” Seifer said.

The police were able to detect Downs thanks to a piece of paper she left in her cell.

“The paper is blank, but FBI lab tests showed the indentation of the address of the house, that someone had written on a piece of paper on top of the blank sheet,” says the Associated Press. One of Downs’ fellow prisoner gave her the address of the house, “20/20” reported.

Seifer said Downs was “grab a BB gun and just go suicide by cop” but he spoke to her. He said, “and they went without a fight.”

Seifer admitted that he knew that he would get in trouble for hiding Downs.

“When it’s my time to burn, I was just going to tell the truth and get it over,” he said.

After being asked “a million times” why he had no contact with the police and turn the mother in, Seifer said he “still no answer other than his drug use at the time.”

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Seifer was sentenced to five years conditionally and six months in a restitution center after pleading guilty to hindering the prosecution.” Downs received an additional five years in prison after she was captured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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